Artist's Statement

A quote from Grant Wood describes a condition from which he and many of us suffer: taking too much for granted. Wood said, "...To my great joy, I discovered that in the very commonplace, in my native surroundings, were decorative adventures and that my only difficulty had been in taking them too much for granted." Woods' words ring with truth. My goal as an artist is to capture the wonder of the often overlooked ordinary, the commonplace beauty around us, those little details that make all the difference in our daily lives. The rough hue of rocks, lush blue woodlands, weathered wood grains, and distant meandering dirt roads never cease to appeal to me. I attempt to share the beauty from which routine blinds us. My work can be purchased on ebay or by contacting me personally.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Deck View 8x10

I never tire of looking at the tall pines behind my house. During the summer, I often set up my plein air easel and paint on my deck. This view was one of my first studies when doing this. I love the shafts of light that flicker on the tree trunks, and I have tried to catch the view at different times of day as the light changes. How easily we become so familiar with the beauty around us that we fail to notice.